Budget Deal Set to Clear Senate

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:30 am

There is not much positive to say about this budget deal except for that fact that it helps temporarily kill the push for a grand bargain.

Long Term Projected Deficit Appears Easily Manageable

By: Friday June 28, 2013 7:05 am

While Washington failed to reach the so-called “grand bargain”, it did end up passing a series of significant small deficit reduction bills. Combined with the fact that public health care spending has slowed noticeably over the past several years, the projected long term deficit now appears relatively manageable. Our projected long term deficit has improved [...]

A Truly Simplified Tax Code Is Incompatible With the Main Goals of Washington

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 7:56 am

It is time for people in Washington to acknowledge it is impossible to get a truly simplified tax code in this current political climate. It is simply inconsistent with the other driving ideological preferences in Washington, which includes the idea of very low federal “spending”, low taxes, and a Congress that plays an active role [...]

Chained-CPI, The Media and Governing by Con

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 6:52 am

President Obama’s proposed switch to chained-CPI is primarily a Social Security benefit cut and a middle class tax increase. Most importantly, it also an elaborate con. It is a con on the American people that Obama feels the media will allow and/or help him pull off. It is not a technical improvement. I’ve heard very [...]

Obama Is the Driving Force Behind Cutting Your Social Security

By: Friday April 5, 2013 7:43 am

If it wasn’t already abundantly clear there is now more proof President Obama really really really wants to cut Social Security benefits for current retirees. Obama will include the chained-CPI, which is a yearly and continuously growing cut to your Social Security benefits, in his budget. From Politico: President Barack Obama will make another run [...]

The Filibuster Has Eliminated the Point of a Senate Budget

By: Wednesday January 23, 2013 9:30 am

Republicans have managed to whip themselves into a frenzy about the failure of Senate Democrats to pass a “budget” in over four years. What seems to be lost in this discussion, though, is the fact that the normalization of the filibuster has effectively eliminated any reason for a Senate majority to adopt a budget. It [...]

House Republicans Ready to Fold on the Debt Limit

By: Friday January 18, 2013 10:35 am

House Republicans are about to fold on the debt limit. They are no longer going to demand that any increase in the limit be matched with spending cuts. But because nothing in Congress can be simple and easy, the House Republicans are going to wrap up the debt ceiling in a convoluted face saving measure. [...]

I Wish the President’s Budget Actually Mattered

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 11:56 am

The Obama administration officially released its budget for fiscal year 2013 yesterday. As much as I like writing about policy, I frankly lack any desire to write about the substance of this budget proposal. The simple fact is that the President’s budget is basically a long, vaguely political document that is effectively meaningless. After a [...]

Obama’s Next Budget Should Be Really Bad

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 7:40 am

The Obama administration’s new budget for fiscal year 2013 (begins October 2012) is apparently going to be so bad they have decided to start warning some liberals ahead of time. From The Hill: Top White House officials are warning liberal and labor leaders to brace themselves for President Obama’s budget proposal. [...] “A senior White [...]

Saving Lives We Count the Cost, In Taking Them Cost is No Object

By: Tuesday June 7, 2011 7:49 am

When deciding how to move forward with our roughly $100 billion a year war in Afghanistan, President Obama apparently didn’t even take into consideration the issue of cost at least according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
Apparently the position of our government that when it comes to saving the lives of regular Americans it will only be done if it can done on a tight budget but when it comes to killing foreign people cost is no obj